AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave which is a very popular video container format. Avi format can hold video and audio streams encoded in different formats. Many users are confused by usage of avi format since they see so many different formats (xvid or divx for example) yet the file extension is always AVI. Basically, AVI is just a container, or wrapper which holds an encoded video material. AVI is by far the most used format in the PC world.
AVI can be up to 2 gigabytes large, it can contain multiple audio streams and AVI files can contain and show subtitles, using the special filters.
In order to play AVI files a host PC must have a codec in which avi is encoded installed, or available to system. Literarily any media player on PC computer is capable of playing avi files, but weather those files will be played depends of a codec in which avi file is encoded - it must be installed on system.
AVI is an old format, and despite it's huge popularity it age shows through it shortcomings. For instance avi files can not be fully streamed and sometimes can cause a lot of overhead. Still, for users that search for compatibility, an avi file encoded in some format which is supported in OS by default is a great way to assure their files will be playable on most PC systems.
Avi to Mpeg is free utility to convert avi and other formats encoded files into the mpeg files. Since avi files very commonly contain mpeg4 video streams some users may be confused: Avi to Mpeg converts avi files to a standard MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 formats. The greatest advantage of those MPEG formats is that they are supported by default on majority of platforms and Operating Systems (PC, Linux, Unix, Mac, Solaris etc) so encoding avi files into the mpeg assures that those will be viewable on as many computers and systems as possible, without installing any additional software or codecs.
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